You might want to save some money, or you might be trying to reduce your carbon footprint. You might even want to do both. Whatever your reason, you can find plenty of tips to get you on the road to achieving energy savings in the home. Most people fail, though, because almost all the tips tell you that you need to alter your lifestyle, and that’s hard to do. I’m here to tell you that those tips are way off the mark.
A lot of tips focus on trying to minimize the effects of a larger problem by giving you a band-aid technique that addresses a relatively minor issue. You’ll need to take care of that larger problem instead of covering it with band-aids if you want real results. For example, you might see a tip which tells you to lower your thermostat in the winter and wear heavier clothing to stay warm.
My favorite example of one of these band-aid home energy saving tips is when people tell you to save energy by lowering your thermostat in the winter and just wear a sweater to keep warm. The real problem is not what temperature you set your thermostat. The real problem is that your home is inefficient and losing much of the heat that your furnace is producing. In a truly energy efficient home you can set your heat and your home will actually retain it without the need for your furnace to run constantly.
You can help yourself out by implementing the following tips for home energy savings. Put them into action and you’ll be able to save money without living in an igloo.
Tip No. 1 – Add Insulation to Your Attic
The addition of attic insulation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to achieve dramatic energy savings in your home because it significantly boosts your home’s efficiency. By its nature, heat rises. Fewer than 2 of every 10 homes built before 1980 are well-insulated, so the majority of your home’s heat could be escaping through your roof.
Updating the insulation throughout your home to bring it up to the recommended R-values is recommended, but that can be extremely complicated and costly. However, most people can easily and inexpensively add insulation to their attic. Attic insulation should be between R-30 and R-60. The colder your climate, the closer your attic insulation should be to R-60.
Tip No. 2 – Seal the Air Leaks in Your Home
Air leaks will develop over time in almost any home, even though homes are designed to keep the air inside. Naturally, as air leaks in and out of your home, so does heat. During the winter, the heat you want to stay inside your home will leak out. Likewise, during the summer, the heat you want to stay outside your home will leak in.
This inefficiency can make it difficult to achieve energy savings. Exterior doors and windows are very common locations for air leaks, so make sure they’re all caulked properly and then sealed with the appropriate weather stripping. All plumbing, electrical wiring and duct work that passes through walls, ceilings and/or floors should also be caulked and sealed properly.
Tip No. 3 – Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
A lot of people are aware of this particular tip for energy savings in the home, but fewer people are actually putting it into practice. Just swap your old incandescent light bulbs for LED or Compact Fluorescent Lights. They’ll last 10 to 25 times longer than your old standard light bulbs, and they’re more than 75% more efficient. Government incentives to use these energy-efficient bulbs are often available and can help you buy them for a substantially lower price.
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